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Update from Chancellor Carranza (August 20, 2020)

The Petrides School

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE: Update from Chancellor Carranza

August 20, 2020


​Dear Petrides Parents,
See attached letter from Chancellor Carranza, which includes the information below on relevant topics regarding the reopening of schools in September.
​Please know that our Building Response Team, including the assistant pricinpals, our Custodial Engineer, our Foods Service Manager, School Nurse and other staff members, are working collaboratively to ensure our campus is ready for students on the first day of school.  
We will be in touch over the next week to inform you of your child(ren)'s "COHORT" either Cohort A or Cohort B, so that you will know when your child(ren) is scheduled for in-person learning, and can plan accordingly.
In the coming weeks, we  will provide the following: 
  • Details of our "Arrival" and "Dismissal" plans
  • Guidelines for Social Distancing, including Parent Workshops on how to prepare your child for these new regulations and routines
  • Opportunities for parents to meet their child's teachers and for students to meet their classmates
We are still awaiting the release of the 2020-21 School Calendar; as of today - we can't confrim a start date for students.
Joanne Buckheit
Reopening Update for Families: August 17, 2020 
The updates below are included on our school reopening webpage at, available 24/7 to help you find information about the upcoming school year. 
The Latest Health and Safety Information For school buildings to open in September and remain open, the city must see fewer than 3 percent of all COVID19 tests come back positive on a weekly average. Since June, the city positive test rate has been between 1 and 2 percent. 
We have strict protocols for testing, tracing, and quarantining if there is a confirmed case in school, and we will use every effort to prevent the spread of infection in schools if a student or staff member is feeling sick or has a confirmed case of COVID-19. 
Many families have questions about ventilation. Our commitment is simple: if a room does not have adequate ventilation, it will not be used by students or staff. We are assessing and performing maintenance in buildings to maximize ventilation with outdoor air to the greatest extent possible. We expect maintenance to be completed by the opening of school. 
Finally, this fall, every school building in New York City and all early childhood programs across the city will have access to nurses. Through a partnership with NYC Health + Hospitals, in addition to our established nursing workforce, every student will have access to a qualified nurse every day as we reopen schools safely and continue to stop the spread of COVID-19. Nurses will be in-place by the first day of school.  
How to Stay Informed on Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Your School Community 
When the school year begins, we want to make sure we can contact you quickly and effectively to share information, including about confirmed COVID-19 cases in your child’s school. Please sign up for a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) so we can contact you via phone, email, or text message. Your NYCSA account can also help you find your child’s grades, test scores, schedules, transportation information, and more— from anywhere, and in all nine standard DOE language translations. I encourage you to keep your contact information up to date, so we can get in touch with you in the event of an emergency. If you don’t have an account, sign up today at It only takes five minutes! 
How to Change a Child’s Learning Preference to/from Fully Remote Learning 
Your school principals, in partnership with district and central administrators, are continuing to develop schoollevel plans for every public school in New York City. 
We are currently planning for around three-quarters of our students (over 700,000 students) to begin the school year in a blended learning mode. This means that they’ll learn in-person in a school building part of the school week and continue learning remotely from home for the rest of the week. The remaining families in our DOE community will begin the year in fully remote learning mode. You can move your child into 100 percent remote learning at any time using the Learning Preference online form: Families who choose 100 percent remote learning can opt back into blended learning on a quarterly basis, beginning in November. 
What Happens if Students Attend School In-Person on a Day They are Not Scheduled to Attend 
Schools will work closely with families to clearly communicate which days their child will attend school inperson. The DOE encourages you to make alternate childcare arrangements and to build a plan to help ensure that your child does not arrive at school on unscheduled days. If a student arrives at school on days when they are scheduled for remote learning, your child’s school will inform you. All children attending on an unscheduled day will need to be picked up or will be sent home, depending on age and other factors. For more information on policies for students who attend school on a mistaken day, visit 
Supports for Students with Individualized Education Programs 
The DOE will provide students with disabilities access to in-person instruction during blended learning. If your child's IEP recommends related services, you will soon receive a survey where you will be asked to express your preference for in-person or remote therapy. Upon school opening, your child's school will contact you to discuss your child's specific schedule and make every effort to align your request to available services. The DOE will release additional guidance and information for families of students with disabilities shortly. 
Supports for Students in Temporary Housing and Foster Care 
Students in temporary housing and foster care face unique challenges as a result of COVID-19, including the shift to remote learning. We have been providing additional supports to these students, including ensuring their early receipt of remote learning devices. Any remote learning devices given to students in shelter have cellular capabilities. As possible and appropriate, students in temporary housing and foster care may also receive additional in-person instruction, depending on a school’s programming model, overall student needs, and capacity.